Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3

Peter Henshaw
The 3-cylinder Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3 were developed to compete with Honda’s forthcoming 750cc motorcycle. Initially they did not compare well – although very fast, they lacked sophistication and their quirky styling was offputting – and the decision was made to suspend production. This was not the most auspicious start, but a fightback was initiated and in 1971 the factory race team had a triumphant year including placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Daytona 200. With over 250 photographs, the full rollercoaster-ride history of these bikes is described, including: how the bikes came to be, including a timeline of significant events; a year-by-year account of the evolution of the bikes, through the T150, T160 and Rocket 3; the story of the Hurricane; the full racing history and, finally, the Triumph 3-cylinder bikes today.
Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3 by Peter Henshaw

About the author

Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels – from bicycles to 500bhp tractors – from an early age. He was editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a range of transport magazines and websites including The Vintagent, Bike Social, Tractor & Machinery and A to B. He has also written over sixty books and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.

Press Reviews

Established author Peter Henshaw has gone to great lengths to interview those who were involved in design manufacture and marketing of the bikes as well as doing extensive research that has more than added to the well-know facts that have been rehashed repeatedly over the past few years in books and magazines. This new information is all catalogued in the bibliography at the rear of this hardback. At £25.00 it is still worth adding to your library as there is a lot of new information that has been unearthed, making it an important addition to your knowledge base.

- Ian Kerr, reviewer Desmo 261